The Hyundai i20 WRC will take a starring role at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Korean company has confirmed. And that’s great news for festival fans.
The 300hp 1.6-litre turbocharged four-wheel drive rally monster will take to the famous Goodwood Hillclimb course as well as the Forest Rally Stage at the end of June to wow crowds.
That’s exactly what it’s been doing so far this season, too, with some strong finishes in the World Rally Championship, including a podium in only its third ever race in Rally Mexico.
At the wheel of the car over its time at Goodwood this year will be Hyundai Motorsport factory driver Danny Sordo, who’ll no doubt be launching the car in the air as pictured above to add a bit of interest.
Sordo on his chance to drive the Hillclimb:
“I am delighted to be showcasing the Hyundai i20 WRC car to the crowds for the first time to the UK public at such an iconic event in the motorsports calendar.
“As a driver, it’s great to be a part of the Festival that celebrates the great and the good in motorsport and which engages with so many fans from across the globe.
“I will, however, be keeping a very close eye on my teammates, Thierry and Juho who will be battling it out in Rally Poland at the same time. I wish them and our team the best of luck.” In its first year of development, the Hyundai i20 WRC has already proved extremely successful, with lead driver Thierry Neuville able to extract incredible speed from the souped-up supermini straight away.
A few crashes and one or two reliability issues means the results haven’t exactly gone Hyundai’s way. Yet…
The Korean manufacturer is treating this year as a very public test and development period for it to gain valuable competition data before it introduces its all-new i20 WRC car next year to coincide with the release of the firm’s brand new i20 supermini.
We’ll watch with interest to see how the Hyundai i20 WRC team’s season progresses, and we’ll be on the start line of the Goodwood Forest Stage come the end of June to cheer Dani on in the car.